HARRISBURG, Pa. (WTAJ) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health reports 17.3 million vaccine doses have been administered in Pennsylvania. 74.5% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

24,683 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported since Friday, bringing the state total to 2,265,232 known cases since the start of the pandemic, according to the COVID Alert PA app.

 23 new deaths were identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, bringing the total to 37,665 deaths attributed to COVID-19. One new death was identified in our central region.

There are 6,790 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 1,071 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19. More data is available here.

Our central region shows 1,056 new cases since Friday, bringing our total to 141,086 known COVID-19 cases.

In school-age children (5-18 years old) a total of 304 COVID-19 cases were reported in our central region for the week of Dec. 22-28.

Vaccine highlights

Statewide data representing the 66 counties within the Department of Health’s vaccine jurisdiction:

  • Pennsylvania’s vaccine dashboard was updated to more accurately reflect the number of people who are partially and fully vaccinated and account for the additional doses administered to residents in each county outside of Philadelphia. Demographic data associated with the vaccinations was also updated. The updates are part of the Department of Health's continuous work to improve the quality of data and statistical reporting to ensure the public has the most accurate and up-to-date information. For state-to-state comparisons, refer to the CDC vaccine data tracker.
  • Vaccine providers have administered 17,388,744 total vaccine doses, including 2,554,846 additional doses (which includes additional shots for immunocompromised individuals and booster shots).
  • 6,986,868 people are fully vaccinated.

The Department of Health continues to urge Pennsylvanians to follow CDC guidance for wearing a mask where required by law, rule and regulations, including healthcare, local business and workplace guidance. For the protection of themselves and others, individuals who have not yet been vaccinated or are partially vaccinated are still encouraged to wear a mask when in public. CDC also recommends all individuals wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.

There are 6,032,493 individuals who have tested negative to date.

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